This major new textbook will equip students with a complete understanding of contemporary politics, state and society in the United Kingdom today. Key underlying themes include: The differences between traditional and alternative ‘sites of power’ and what we mean by ‘political’ the relationships between politics, society and how individuals become and remain engaged with politics the rapid transformations in contemporary social structures and their impact on social and political life the role of human agency and its significance to social and political action and movements contemporary cultural and social dislocations and their impact on some of the major contested areas of political life today. Key features include: Key concepts and issues Key theorists and writers Discussion questions Comprehensive and accessible, An Introduction to Politics, State & Society is an essential text for all undergraduate students of politics, the contemporary state, power and political sociology.

The Politics of Welfare and the Welfare State

The politics of welfare and the welfare state

Key Concepts and Issues

  • Development of the welfare state
  • Ideologies of welfare
  • Reconstructing contemporary welfare
  • Stakeholding, citizenship and communitahanism

Key Theorists and Writers

  • John Clarke
  • Amitai Etzioni
  • Vic George and Paul Wilding
  • Will Hutton
  • Charles Murray

The postwar welfare state comprises a configuration of powers, controls, opportunities, rights, inclusions, exclusions and memberships. Its foundation held out the promise of abolishing the iniquitous, dispassionate and grossly impoverishing operations of an unfettered market capitalism by democratising and humanising the social conditions under which national prosperity was organised and its growth directed. Yet the promise had a hollow ring that echoed down the decades since its declaration. Only some inequalities and impoverishments were attacked by Beveridge's proposals and subsequent British welfare policy. (O'Brien and ...

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